FORMER Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast will join Gloucester this summer on a two-year deal from Bourgoin.
The 29-year-old fills the gap left by Haydn Thomas, who is joining Bristol, and brings with him a wealth of experience gained in Ireland and France.
A physical number nine, Prendergast started four of Bourgoin's six pool matches in the Heineken Cup this season, and also knows what it's like to run out at Kingsholm having been a replacement for Munster against Gloucester in 2003.
"Mike has plenty of experience and will enhance our scrum-half options greatly," said head coach Dean Ryan.
"He's a different type of player to the other 9s at the club and I look forward to him challenging them to be first choice. This signing is a great example of the strength in depth we are building at Gloucester."
Prendergast added: "When a club of Gloucester's stature shows an interest in you, you'd be mad to ignore it. I know all about the passion of the fans and the atmosphere at Kingsholm - the miracle match is a night none of us who were lucky enough to be involved will ever forget.
"Once I met with Bryan Redpath and the other coaches it was a very easy decision to make. Gloucester have got a set-up and a squad that can take on the best in Europe, so to be able to play a part in that is fantastic.
"I've had a great time at Bourgoin but am really looking forward to moving to England in the summer and getting stuck in."
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.